Suratha Elango is a primary care pediatrician and community health advocate with the Section of Public Health Pediatrics at Texas Children’s Hospital. She is passionate about improving the health and well-being of vulnerable children and families through innovative cross-sector initiatives utilizing systems and design thinking. She grew up in San Antonio, received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Harvard University, medical degree from UT Southwestern Medical School, and then completed her residency and chief residency in pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco. After residency, she became a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania where she obtained a Masters of Science in Health Policy. She moved to Houston in August 2017 and works clinically with an underserved Medicaid population at the Center for Children and Women Southwest. Since Hurricane Harvey she has been actively working in the disaster recovery space to improve community resilience through a variety of efforts and partnerships with the Harris County Long Term Recovery Committee, Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative, and Sheldon Independent School District.